Recently, L’Equipe newspaper held a vote for the greatest French team ever. As a result, there are 9/11 players in this squad from a member of the 1998 world championship France team.
This is also understandable because that year the French team won the World Cup for the first time and more memorable it was held at home. That same year marked a major change of FIFA when it decided to increase the number of participating teams from 24 to 32 as we still see today.
The France squad that won the 1998 World Cup featured 9/11 names
The French team that year played very bravely, in turn overcame Paraguay in the 1/8 round with Laurent Blanc’s golden goal, and continued to beat Italy on the 11m mark in the quarterfinals. Overcame the brave Croatia in the semi-finals and then beat Brazil in the final to win the title.
Brazil that year was evaluated as the most comprehensive in the world with a very strong cast of players including Roberto Carlos, Cafu, Rivaldo and Ronaldo. However, they suffered a 0-3 defeat to France with a double with Zinedine Zidane’s head and a goal from Emmanuel Petit.
In addition to the 9 players who were members of the 1998 world championship France team who were part of the greatest Les Bleus squad, there are also 2 names: Kylian Mbappe and Michel Platini. They were rare members of the squad that didn’t win the 1998 world championship.
Mbappe is honored to “sit on the same tray” with Zidane in the greatest French team
As for Mbappe, it’s an honor to have him alongside legends like Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry in the greatest French squad even though he’s only 21 years old. Those are encouraging recognitions for the PSG striker in his journey to win the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the tournament in which this player is the brightest star.
To make this vote, L’Equipe made 4 best choices for each position. And results Zidane is the most supported player in the history of the French national team. He had the highest share of the vote with 94%, followed by Platini (89%) and Bixente Lizarazu with (86%).
France’s Greatest XI: Barthez; Thuram, Blanc, Desailly, Lizarazu; Deschamps, Vieira; Mbappé, Platini, Zidane; Henry.